|12th to 16th June, 2023
9am to 11.30am UK
|25th to 29th September, 2023
3pm to 5.30pm UK
TPI’s Effective Partnering for Sustainable Development course is suited both to new partnership practitioners and those with some partnering experience who wish to complement and formalise their learning with frameworks, practical tools and experiential learning. The course balances core knowledge with interactive, experiential learning through ‘serious games’, peer-to-peer exchange and case clinics.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and many of today’s societal, environmental, business and humanitarian challenges are so complex and interconnected that they can only be tackled by different sectors working together. From local NGO-business collaborations to global alliances: governments, business, civil society, and development agencies are joining their resources and competencies to stimulate innovation, ensure sustainability and create maximum value for all.
However, effective collaboration between stakeholders with different missions, interests, cultures and even vocabularies is difficult to achieve. It requires common understanding across partners; collective leadership; a collaborative mindset and a key partnering skill set; and both strong relationship management and output- focussed project management. With these critical elements in place, partnerships can achieve real impact. Without them, partnerships are likely to under-perform or fail altogether.
The course is based on TPI’s flagship publication developed with the UN, the SDG Partnership Guidebook and other TPI resources. It is structured around five virtual seminars, with assigned reading and tasks for participants to contextualise the learning to their own situation in between the seminars.
Indicative Course Outline
- Five virtual seminars (each lasting 2.5 hours) via Zoom with virtual interactive tools;
- Understanding the rich tapestry of partnerships and how they create strategic value
- Good practice partnering process and the building blocks of effective collaboration;
- Partnership negotiation: maximising value and deepening the collaborative relationship;
- Keeping partnerships healthy and effective;
- Partnering in practice: personal action plans and embedding into your organisation.
- Each seminar is complemented by assignments for participants in their own time (1 to 2 hours between each seminar). They consist of a combination of background reading and application of knowledge to their own work to draw out learning and deeper reflection.
By the end of the course, participants will –
- Have exchanged experiences and learned from a diverse set of peer participants;
- Have a shared language and full strategic understanding of multi-stakeholder partnership approaches to deliver sustainable development;
- Have developed knowledge of the building blocks for effective partnerships, a range of competencies and skills, and a complete set of tools to build and support collaboration;
- Have been able to apply learning and tools to their own situation and develop individual partnering action plans;
- Have access to a range of materials to be able to pass their increased knowledge onto colleagues within their organisation.
Course dates and cost
The course will next run on
- June 12th to 16th, 2023: consisting of five 2.5-hour sessions, Monday to Friday, 9am to 11.30am UK.
- September 25th to 29th, 2023: consisting of five 2.5-hour sessions, Monday to Friday, 3pm to 5.30pm UK.
The cost of the course is:
- £1100 for-profit companies
- £750 for NGO / government / UN / social enterprises
We have a limited number of bursaries available for individuals taking the course who are not supported by an organisation, and for participants from the Global South, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Certificate in Partnering Practice
After taking the TPI Effective Partnering Course, participants will be given the option to take a Certificate in Partnering Practice and, if successful, will be awarded certification. Certification is important for two main reasons. First, the process of certification extends the course through an additional element of guided self-reflective learning. Second, the certificate demonstrates externally that the holder has achieved a certain level of knowledge of partnering standards and competency in cross-sector partnering. Click here for more information.